In case you missed it, my column in this Thursday’s Go! section of the Monterey Herald was a quick round-up of some of recent baked bites I’ve sampled at some of the Peninsula’s local bakeries. I’ll be reposting my reviews and stories from my weekly column for the Herald here on my blog along with extra photos that didn’t appear in print.
Parker-Lusseau Pastries packs a diverse collection of French pastries into the case. Croissants, brioche, canelé, kouing-aman — it’s always hard to choose which ones to sample when I drop by in the mornings.
And that dilemma has soared to new heights for me now that Parker-Lusseau is serving macarons. Don’t confuse these little French cookies for those other coconut confections, macaroons. Macarons are flaky cookies with a gooey center sandwiched around a layer of fruit, chocolate or cream filling.
The pastry case at Parker-Lusseau usually features a sampling of macarons (95 cents) — on a recent visit I spotted raspberry, lemon, passionfruit and praline.
I grabbed a couple the other day to go with my latte — the bold Acme coffee pairs nicely with the sweet, almost caramel flavors of the praline macaron. And the fruit macarons provided a nice pick-me-up when stuck in the stop-and-go traffic outside San Jose.
Parker-Lusseau Pastries has two shops in Monterey: 731 Munras Ave. (643-0300) and 539 Hartnell St. (641-9188).www.parker-lusseaupastries.com.